Zimbabwe, Zambia

Kariba & Middle Zambezi

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Epic success for elephant

Epic success for elephant

Riders enjoying the Elephant Epic Cycle Ride from Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi in Zambia
Riders enjoying the Elephant Epic Cycle Ride from Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi in Zambia
SOURCE : ELEPHANT EPIC

 

BY:  ULRICA HANSSON

Game Rangers International

Ulrica@gamerangersinternational.org  

http://elephantepic.org or the Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/ElephantEpic

http://www.gamerangersinternational.org  

It was unusually hot in August when 100 riders gathered at dawn on Leopards Hill Road in Lusaka for the annual mountain bike race that is known to all its supporters as the Elephant Epic. The race took place for the fourth consecutive year and many participants were veterans from previous years.

The route takes riders from Lusaka to Kiambi Lodge in the Lower Zambezi, 80km  through Zambia’s stunning nature. As usual, there were two water stations along the way and when they reached their goal the riders were treated to cold drinks, delicious food and a day with friends by the Zambezi River. Most people stayed and camped overnight, and the Kiambi campsite was filled with tents, helmets and mountain bikes.

Besides being a great day out in the wild, Elephant Epic is also a popular fundraiser for Game Rangers International, a Zambian conservation organisation. Through law-enforcement, anti-trafficking, animal welfare, research, education and community outreach GRI works alongside Zambia Wildlife Authority to protect the wildlife in Kafue National Park.

Elephant Epic 2015 raised ZMW70,000, and Buffalo Bikes and Mountain Dew also donated seven bikes to be used by GRI. The organisers extended a heartfelt thank you to this year’s sponsors.

The winner of the event was Andrew Johnson with a fantastic finishing time of 2:26:26.1. Owen Green (2:32:11.2) and Obert Chembe (2:32:36.8) also achieved excellent times. Elephant Epic is a friendly and fun race, with many people participating just to enjoy themselves, or to challenge themselves physically.